Due to our vision “a just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity”, ELSA has a strong commitment to Human Rights and to promoting social responsibility of law students and young lawyers. Together with our Human Rights Partner, the Council of Europe, ELSA has, in addition to the Human Rights Moot Court Competition, taken several initiatives to promote Human Rights awareness among our target audience. Furthermore, ELSA aims at bringing forward the point of view of Human Rights in conjunction with other legal topics in all of our activities.
EHRA was founded by a group of young legal professionals committed to bringing their professional knowledge and the experience gained working at the European Court of Human Rights, to improving the effectiveness of the system.
Through its Europe-wide network of legal experts the Association develops and delivers tailor-made training for contracting States’ judicial and legal communities, provides awareness-raising activities and carries out research and other knowledge assignments.
In partnership with the users of its services EHRA helps disseminate the knowledge needed to promote respect for human rights at home and to minimise mistaken or abusive recourse to the Court. In so doing, EHRA undertakes to play its part in promoting universal access to justice.
The European Court of Human Rights is an international court set up in 1959. It rules on individual or State applications alleging violations of the civil and political rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights. Since 1998 it has sat as a full-time court and individuals can apply to it directly.
In almost fifty years the Court has delivered more than 10,000 judgments. These are binding on the countries concerned and have led governments to alter their legislation and administrative practice in a wide range of areas. The Court’s case-law makes the Convention a powerful living instrument for meeting new challenges and consolidating the rule of law and democracy in Europe.
The Court is based in Strasbourg, in the Human Rights Building designed by the British architect Richard Rogers in 1994 – a building whose image is known worldwide. From here, the Court monitors respect for the human rights of 800 million Europeans in the 47 Council of Europe member States that have ratified the Convention.